Another restaurant on the same street as the last one is being remodeled. I headed over one night to see if they threw anything good away and they sure had. The tall boards in the middle here were actually piled up on the dumpster (old boards to the right are from the other restaurant, pallet/crate wood to left from yet another!):
There’s some nicer grade 3/4” birch ply about 7’ long and more than a foot wide – handy for jigs and secondary structures. There was a plank of 1×10 pine about 8’ long and clean. There was a good, long 2×4, and a few bits of molding and smaller pine, all long lengths.
There was a mix of smaller boards piled up at the trash that looked to be full 4/4 pine and maybe some alder:
But the real find were these, and they were actually IN the dumpster, with a bunch of gritty construction trash on top of them. I just barely caught a peek of some end grain sticking out. My eyes are really trained to lock onto that stuff now. The world looks gray, save for bright, colorful spots wherever there’s wood grain :)
These look to be something like ipe decking boards, clean, solid, dense, and very heavy. They have rounded edges – all 4 – but none of the stuff normal flooring and some decking can have, like the grooves running the length. These will be fantastic sources of good, dark hardwood. Very pretty, all between about 28-32 inches:
Here’s the beveled end grain from some of the flat boards – they were all beveled on both sides:
This one’s a 2×2 (1.5×1.5), about 3’ long:
I had another big find this morning that I’ll post about soon. I’m rather excited about it.
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator